Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Edgar Young Mullins

I've been doing a lot of research lately on the soteriological beliefs of E. Y. Mullins. I'm not finished yet, but I have been fascinated so far. He believed in three of the five points of Calvinism. Mullins affirmed total depravity, unconditional election, and perseverance of the saints, but he denied limited atonement and irresistible grace. I affirm the same three points, as does Paige Patterson and many other Southern Baptists. Mullins was very influential in Southern Baptist life, serving as president of Southern Seminary from 1899 to 1928 and as chairman of the committee that formed the 1925 Baptist Faith and Message. Key SBC leaders before Mullins were five-point Calvinists. Mullins was very influential in shaping the soteriological views of the present-day SBC in which only 10 percent of pastors hold to all of the five points of Calvinism (according to LifeWay Research). If you are interested in the history of the SBC, you would do well to read about Mullins.